How to Make an Effective Rubric

Good rubrics have three key advantages:

  • If you develop them, they help you align your assignment with your outcomes
  • They help you have similar marks for different students’ assignments of similar quality (inter-rater reliability), if you practice using them with other instructors or your TAs
  • They increase student understanding of the skills you want them to demonstrate and focus your students specifically on those skills

Although a good rubric is very helpful, they can be hard to develop.  This video describes why we use rubrics, common mistakes we make as we create them, and how to make a good one.

Interested in more? View a one hour session from Sue Brookhart on creating and using rubrics.